states motorcycles now over 50 times more dangerous than cars
on: January 29, 2008, 4:11 am
Release Author: yesinsurance.co.uk
Release Summary: yesinsurance.co.uk highlights fears for motorcyclists
following latest figure from the Department for Transport showing
motorcycles now over 50 times more dangerous than cars
Release Body: According to motor insurer yesinsurance.co.uk,
the latest Department for Transport (DoT) figures
show that road accidents kill almost half as many motorcycle riders
as car drivers and passengers, even though motorcycles account for
less than 4% of vehicles on Britain’s roads.
state that whilst fatality rates for all other types of transport
have dropped considerably over the past 25 years, the risk level
for motorcycles has remained relatively stable.
DoT figures show that 6,484 motorcycle users were killed
or seriously injured in 2006, compared with 14,254 car users. These
figures show that motorcyclists are 51 times more likely than car
drivers to be killed or seriously injured per mile travelled, and
more than twice as likely as pedal cyclists, the second most vulnerable
rising cost of fuel and the exemption of motorcycles from the London
congestion charge have been two of the factors encouraging car drivers
to switch to motorcycles,” said Paul Purdy
of vehicle insurance provider
He further commented that, “This has implications for
other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, where the
introduction of a congestion charging system could lead to a rise
in road casualties”.
believe that the trend for relatively inexperienced middle-aged
men to switch from cars to powerful motorbikes is also fuelling
the rise in accidents.
and serious injuries of motorcyclists in their forties have almost
doubled over the past ten years, whilst figures for those in their
twenties and early thirties have declined,” said Paul
traffic has increased by an estimated 37% between 1996 and 2006,
according to the latest DoT figures released.
we support the move to encourage car drivers to use other forms
of transport in city areas, as an insurer we are acutely aware that
the risk factor for motorcycles is over 50 times higher than it
is for cars, as far as deaths and serious injuries are concerned,”
said Paul Purdy.
possible, we encourage drivers to turn to public transport rather
than motorcycles when avoiding the congestion charge,”
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